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Industry taking action to improve supply chain safety, compliance

15 August, 2014

Members of Australia's logistics industry have committed to a range of actions to strengthen supply chain safety and compliance at a one-day summit hosted by the Australian Logistics Council, Australia's peak body for the logistics industry.

"The Summit demonstrated industry's determination to do more to achieve greater levels of safety and compliance in our supply chains," said Ingilby Dickson, Chair of the ALC Safety Committee.

"The Summit is an important step in bringing about a cultural shift within businesses on the critical safety issues facing the logistics industry.

"More than 250 industry representatives from all parts of the supply chain, including transporters, customers and suppliers attended the Summit to benchmark, share best practice, and to identify gaps where improvements are needed.

"As an industry, we should be pleased with the work we have done to tackle the issue of heavy vehicle safety and compliance, through for example the development of the ALC National Logistics Safety Code of Practice (NLSC).

Continue to address gaps

"However, we must continue to identify and address gaps, which was the primary focus of the Summit.

"Just as Chain of Responsibility affects the entire supply chain, all businesses have a responsibility to take ownership of issues requiring attention," he said.

Dickson said the Summit identified a number of key themes that ALC would focus on over the next 12 months:

  • Strengthening and Streamlining the ALC Codes
  • Increasing Awareness of Chain of Responsibility across the supply chain
  • Sharing safety and compliance information among industry partners to create a stronger, safer and more compliant supply chain
  • More efficient use of technology, such as telematics, to assist logistics companies meet their Chain of Responsibility obligations

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